Reader deals 10/31/14

Here are some of the deals (and heads up!) YOU found recently — Thanks! How do you share your own deal?

If you are sharing a deal from another site or an online coupon, please include the link. If you found a deal at a specific store, please include the location.

  • *** Disclaimer: All of the deals below come straight from readers.


Internet service

  • From feelgood: “Some readers were looking for cheap internet. I have one of these. Paying $18.99/mo  for 10 GB of data.”  It is $24.99 for refurbished FreedomPop on Groupon. The service it uses is currently scheduled to end at the end of 2015. CIt currently says “limited time” so it could end at any moment.
  • He adds: “This is the lowest price I’ve seen. Currently on amazon for $89. Freedompop used to give 10 GB data free the first month. Nothing mentioned in the Groupon offer, so I did the “Ask a question” thingy and waiting for them to post. Current plans are: 1 GB free, 5 GB $9.99, 10 GB 18.99. Also, it’s wise to de-select “premier” service and auto top-up when registering the device with Freedompop, to avoid surprise charges.”


  • Sharon V shares: “Just got a postcard announcing that the Mariano’s in Westchester (Wolf & 31st) is opening November 4th, yay!”


  • A find from Kitty: “At the Niles Meijer, they had Driscoll’s Raspberries for $1, so free if you have the $1 survey coupons. They were VERY nice ones.” Thanks! I found them at Melrose Park today as well! And they were great – my kid ate a whole container at lunch!
  • And Kitty emails: “Buy Meijer brand coffee, tea, and cocoa products between 11/2/14 and 11/22/14.  Buy $5 get $1 off next total coffee, tea and cocoa purchase.  Buy $10+ get $3 off next total coffee, tea, cocoa purchase. ( Doesn’t say Meijer brand, but probably is.)” It may not be, because the Meijer paper products one that was going recently printed as off any brand.
  • From karen: “I am loving meijers lately with the new mperks rewards. As soon as I finish one up it renews for me so every couple weeks I get at least $8 off for spending $150 on total basket. I love that the items in the dairy,health care, cleaners exc also go to total basket! It’s become my favorite store! I’ve done the $5/$50 on mperks( good only wed, thurs,fri) twice already and both times after coupons I only spent about $20 but got credit for spending the $50 on rewards! What a deal, everyone should check it out!” I did a write-up on the new rewards here if anyone needs more information.
  • A question from karen: “Did anyone do the tide deal and have it work? I’d like to do it but don’t want to go to the trouble if it doesn’t work if you need to stay above the $25 AFTER coupons.” I did and was well under $25 after coupons and it printed fine for me twice.
  • Anne responds: “I did not do the exact deal, but similar and it worked for me. I bought 4 Tide HE (2 Unscented/2 Regular) and 1 Swiffer Wet-Jet Sweeper Refill ($5.59). I used 2 $2/1 Tide MFR, 1 $3/2 Tide MFR, 1 $0.40/1 Swiffer MFR, 1 $3/1 Target, and 1 $1/Laundry Care at Meijer purchase. Went through self-check, handed over my 1 Target coupon, which they accepted no problem. (Have had problems in the past on and off, though, with their coupon policy interpretation.) I went that route because I needed the Swiffer, and it allowed me to use that Meijer Catalina coupon I had. Sorry, don’t do m-Perks, so I can’t speak for that aspect of the deal. Cat printed no problem. Total before coupons was close to $30, and my net was $13 and some change, which I was pleased with.”

Online deals

  • Kristen likes Twice: “Bought my first item today and paid $5.12, basically the shipping. Thanks for the code!”


  • Sent over by Kitty: “I found a Try Me Free Delsym up to $14 off information slip in a CVS.  To download the request form, do to  Starts 11-1-14; expires 3-31-15.”



  • A tip from Patty for those looking for the Energizer batteries with codes: “check back in the photo dept. There’s a battery secition there, and many of the energizers have rebate stickers. None of the batteries near the front checkout lanes had them. This was at the Crystal Lake store.”

Reader deals 10/29/14

Here are some of the deals (and heads up!) YOU found recently — Thanks! How do you share your own deal?

If you are sharing a deal from another site or an online coupon, please include the link. If you found a deal at a specific store, please include the location.

  • *** Disclaimer: All of the deals below come straight from readers.


  • Something to check for from Amy: “My Snap app had avocados listed as of today, $0.50 cash back for an even better deal for you.”
  • Nikki says: “The $8 Shrink [for Veev] is gone but there is a $5 available for the VitaFrute Cocktail!”
  • She adds: “AND- on the both the cocktail & vodka, buy 2 in 2 separate transactions, and submit for a bonus $3 back on each from Ibotta. To be clear, buy 2 vodka, get $3 bonus and/or buy 2 cocktails, get $3 bonus. The bonus ends 11/02, I believe.” The VitaFrute bonus does end 11/2 and Veev is 11/12. I think the extended both, actually.

Bass Pro Shops


Food 4 Less

  • Brandy shares: “I didn’t inspect, but it appeared 25% off at Bolingbrook when I went 2 hours ago. Regardless, the shelves are basically bare and it didn’t appear any shipments were on their way. The prices were not impressive to us frugal shoppers. I went down every single aisle and spent a total of about $5 on yogurt (dairy not on sale but these were manager’s special yogurts for $.36… not impressive but we eat yogurt), 2 cans of olives for $.49 each and a container of puffs for my baby for $1.18. Really unimpressed. The dairy, produce, bread were not marked down, it seemed. I saw a sign that said “further alcohol markdowns Thursday” but I didn’t pay much attention to the prices that seemed to be fairly regular priced. More liquor and drink mixes and not much beer. Be careful of expirations. I nearly bought a 16-pack of fruit cups for $6.44 (again, unimpressive, but I needed them for my son’s preschool) and noted that they were expiring January 11, 2015. I also saw some medicines that expired 03/13! This appears to be nothing like the Dominick’s closing… bummer. “
  • Barbara adds: “The Elk Grove store has the same situation. Shelves are almost empty and prices have not been marked down. 30% might bring prices down to a sale price, but the stuff that is left are unpopular items that no one is buying. Can’t comment on the liquor because last time I was there nothing in the liquor department had been marked down. Clerks agree that the store will not stay open until November 8th because there is not enough left to sell.”


  • Mandy found: “I just got back from Jewel at Geneva and Schmale in Wheaton, and they had a bunch of Bone in Chicken breasts for .89 a lb. Fresh dates of 11/1 and 11/2/14.”
  • Jane says: “I checked today for the Marzetti price and they are still 2/$4 until 11-27 the tags said. My friend wanted me to get her a rain check from the sale last week because she bought the last one in the store and wanted more. Even though they are not featured in the ad, they are still on sale, whew!”
  • TracyS comments: “The Jewel on Touhy in Village Crossing (Niles or Skokie, i cant remember which) also has the Orville for $2.99 and There is a site called retale that has local adscans, and on the last page of the Jewel ad, there is a $5 off $50 coupon. This coupon shows up EVERY WEEK!!!”
  • Something to look for from LovinSavin: “On the Orville Redenbacher and 2-liter deal the ten 2-ltr had .55C off 2 peelies so that deal was even better.”
  • Advice from donna: “The Countryside Jewel had very few Febreze candles at 6:30 this morning. There wasn’t much Pantene to choose from either. Call the store before you go as they were stocking shelves. Shop early the stores just don’t seem to have enough stock for sales like these.”
  • New2q reports: “The set and refresh are ringing up at $2.50 and the Pantene are ringing $3.50″
  • Krystle says: “Check your printed coupon stash, I found $4/2 Pantene Shampoo, Conditioner mfgs from (exp 10/31). So I did scenario#2, bought 4 Febreeze candles, and 8 Pantene products. Awesome MM scenario after $15 OYNO and completing my Savingstar offer ($5/$25).”
  • Iris posts on Facebook: “I just came from doing three rounds at my local Jewel and reminded me the reason of what I had stopped going there. I did not try to roll the catalinas. All my transactions were more than $35.00, but only one catalina printed at $15.00. For the other two transactions, they were adamant of adjusting one of the transactions because they said that it is after coupons, “because that’s the way they catalinas are at Jewel”. I told them it was not on the fine print. Last transaction, and item was labeled as $4.49 on the shelf, but scanned at $2.50. So, that screw up my whole transaction. For all of you doing it today:
    1. Break down your transactions down on a piece of paper and include pricing (it will help if you go to CS later).
    2. Know your coupon policy. They did not want to allow me to use coupons on the items I was buying. For example, 8 Febreeze for which I use 4 BOGO coupons, they did not want to allow me to use “extra” coupons on the 4 I was actually buying.
    3. My store did not have all the labels up and the flyer was at CS.
    4. I have the feeling they will be fighting the pre-post coupon.”
  • Mary Beth says: “Be Careful – Make sure the catalina machine is working. Went this morning before work and there was only one line open and the cat machine was broken. Got the money back at customer service but a hassle before work.”
  • Diane shares: “OMG what a disaster! Went to Jewel in Wood Dale. Bought 3 Pantene shamoo @ $3.50 = $10.50 Bought 3 Pantene stylers @ 4.99 = $14.97 Bought 4 febreeze candles @ $2.50 = $10 subtotal = $35.47 – $5/3 Pantene = $30.47 – 3 BIGIF (cpn up to $5) – $14.97 = $15.50 – 2 $1 Febreeze candles – $13.50 -$5 2BIGIF febreeze candles = $8.50 or so it should have been! But the registers would not take the cents off cpns. after taking off the BIGIF cpns. They called someone over from CS who pushed them through, but then told the cashier at the next lane not to do it, because the cents off cpn with a BIGIF cpn. only applies if Jewel is giving u a BIGIF not if the BIGIF cpn. comes from the manufacturer??? WHAT?? I tried to show her the policy but of course they never want to look at it or have their own interpertation. Then of course only got $10 CAT but CS fixed it & I got my $15 one. It only took an hour. No one else having issues with both coupons going thru?”
  • Outlander responds: “Definitely problems with Pantene Qs. I was lucky because they entered it for me manually, but I can see lots of people having problems.”
  • A question from amy: “Has anyone ever gone into a Jewel and had them take your coupons with no problems? Corporate policy indicates what they should accept. However, none of the stores that I frequent follow the corporate rules. I used the coupons the other day on the McCormick spices and they would not give me the small overage. They would not budge. For this deal, it is not worth the hassle to me. I am tired of going to Jewel. I have enough in my life without having to worry about someone argue with me. I hope that somebody from Jewel Corporate reads this and actually does care. They do not seem to realize that they are losing customers. Remember how we felt about arguments at Dominicks and stopped going there. You think Jewel will catch on?”
  • Also, for P&G scenario ideas, please see reader comments on the P&G Catalina matchups here and the Share Your Scenarios post here.

Reader requests

  • From ellen: “Has anyone gotten any good deals at KMart this week with the double coupons promo?”
  • Charlotte asks on Facebook: “Pet beds!? Any idea where to get a deal on some pet beds? We’re getting another dog this weekend, and I don’t want to get fleeced (literally and figuratively) like I did with our other dog’s bed.”


  • From llamalluv: “If you go into the store, there is a 5% off Up&Up diapers on Cartwheel. I stacked this with a $1.50 off Up&Up diaper coupon I got in a Target Baby mailer and the $10 off a $100 purchase in the Christmas mailer we got this past week, and bought four packages of size 3, mainly for my 1 year old. The size 3 diapers actually do fit my skinny 3 and a half year old in a pinch. He’s 33 pounds, but really slender across the hips. I really like this brand for our occasional disposable diaper needs. These four boxes will probably last us six months.”


  • Sue shares: “Yes, the [Energizer] rebate codes are inside the battery packages this time, which is good. But, you have to take out almost all the batteries to get to the code sticker! So, be a gentle opener so you can reuse your packages to store your batteries!”
  • A tip from Sandy: “I just used a razor blade and cut the plastic on 2 sides where the paper with the codes are and slipped them out. easy peasy.”

Free Energizer batteries at Walmart after rebate


I have heard rumors that Energizer got smart and put the rebate stickers on the inside of the packages this time — anyone confirm? Anyway,

  • Head to Walmart and buy two specially marked 8 packs of Energizer Max AA or AAA at $5.97 each = $11.94.
  • Use two $1.00/1 printable coupons here = $9.94.
  • Send in for the $10 Walmart eGift card rebate for a net cost of free.

Be sure to buy packages showing the gift card rebate sticker!

(Thanks, Couponing for 4)

Big Lots Bob’s Red Mill in ad for price match


Big Lots usually has nice prices on Bob’s Red Mill, but they don’t take coupons and they’re generally unadvertised. Well, Bob’s Red Mill is included in this week’s ad, meaning you can price match at Target or Walmart and use this: When you sign up here, you’ll receive a link via email to print $3.00/2 ANY Bob’s Red Mill products.

  • Here’s your online Big Lots ad good 10/26-11/1 — Bob’s Red Mill prices on page 2 — or stop in for a paper ad or use the one in today’s Chicago Tribune.

Advertised prices:

  • Cornbread mix, $3.00.
  • 24 oz Flaxseed, $3.00.
  • 48 oz whole wheat pastry flour, $3.00.
  • 29 oz 13 bean soup mix, $4.00.
  • 26 oz pancake & waffle mix, $3.50.
  • 24 oz honey oat granola, $5.80.
  • 32 oz organic rolled oats, $4.50.
  • 36 oz 5 grain rolled hot cereal, $4.50.

The flaxseed in particular is a nice price at $1.50 each after coupon when you price match.

Top 20 toys chosen by Kids this holiday season


Walmart has put together a list of the top 20 toys as voted on by kids this season — check it out and see if it matches what your kids have been asking for!

Thanks to Saving Money Living Smart for compiling this list.

Top 20 Toys Chosen By Kids 2014



So, how’d they do?

Disney Frozen Hide & Hug Olaf just $15.99


Out of stock :( — let me know if you see him come back!


If you missed your chance to snag the Disney Frozen Hide & Hug Olaf before he went out of stock on Amazon, you can now pick him up at Walmart for $15.99 with free shipping! This is like a Frozen-themed Elf on the Shelf, so how fun to lead up to the holidays for your little Frozen fan, lol. This is a pre-order for shipping on 10/28.

(Thanks, Mission to Save)